How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

May 15, 2016
hand holding smartphone with Twitter logo on screen
hand holding smartphone with Twitter logo on screen

Wasn't the digital economy supposed to help all of us gain access to meaningful work? Computers would do the boring jobs while people did the stuff that matters. Instead, we've got workers replaced by robots and taxi drivers losing out to Uber. What went wrong? Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has a word for it: growth.

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i've often said companies are usually in the business of selling stock, but this commentator points out how high a cost that is.

The American view of life has always been more about quantity than quality. The thought is that if a little is good, a lot must be better. To me, that is the underlying problem and fallacy in the way our economy is handled.

Ah, now I know why his name was familiar - I like this man.
Someone said, "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."
Ah, it was Edward Abbey - who, incidentally, also said "When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem."

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